Day 5 Roundup (D5): Competitors left in the Powder as White Earns 3rd Gold

©Getty Images Jan Scherrer of Switzerland crashes during the men's halfpipe event.

White Rises to Expectations and Delivers Halfpipe Masterclass

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Shaun White, the last man to drop into the halfpipe on Day 5, took home a third gold medal leaving Ayumu Hirano of Japan standing in the powder behind him in second place. Hirano will no doubt look to build on his silver medal in Tokyo 2020, after nearly upsetting White’s Olympic domination with a 95.25 best score.

According to White, his thirst for medal number three was just as great as his Vancouver 2010 and Turin 2006 victories.
"I was watching this Usain Bolt documentary and he was, like, 'I've got three' and I thought I wanted a third, too. And I wanted to win in this fashion - last run, last guy to drop and put it down and (I) won. I'm just so proud of myself, which I never say," he said.

Korea’s First Olympic Hockey Goal Feels Like Victory

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Randi Heesoo Griffin took a pass from Park Yoonjung and fought her way up the right wing, managing to get the puck on the Japan goaltender Akane Konishi, and it dribbled between her pads.

Korea had come close to scoring a few times before, particularly in the later periods of their second game against Sweden, but hadn't been able to capitalise. When they broke through finally almost exactly halfway through the game, the crowd erupted with a roar, with thousands of white and blue unification flags.
Ultimately, Japan won the match 4-1.

PyeongChang Figure Skating Photos Wow the World

In a day of figure skating magic in the Gangneung Ice Arena, the talent on display was a dream for photographers from local and foreign press. Here are some of the stunning images from the pairs competiion that have made their way around the globe.

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada

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Xiaoyua Yu and Hao Zhang of China

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Ajiona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany

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Kristen Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro of Canada

No Sign of Dutch Slowing Down in Speed Skating

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Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors bounced back from an injury-plagued season by claiming a gold medal in the Olympic women's 1,000 metres at the Gangneung Oval on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old set an Olympic record of one minute, 13.56 seconds to finish ahead of world record holder Nao Kodaira of Japan whose compatriot Miho Takagi took the bronze medal.

Going out in the penultimate pair, Nao Kodaira of Japan, the world record holder at the distance, was on course to beat Ter Mors’ time at the final split but could not sustain her momentum in the closing metres, and finished 0.26 seconds outside the leader’s time to claim the silver.

Frenzel Leaves it Late to Keep German Medal Train on Track

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Eric Frenzel of Germany survived a thrilling last lap to take the gold medal in the Olympic men's Nordic combined individual event on Wednesday and successfully defended the title he won in Sochi four years ago.
Sochi silver medallist Akito Watabe of Japan finished 4.8 seconds behind to claim second place once again and Lukas Klapfer of Austria secured the bronze.

When the ski jumping got underway after a half-hour delay due to high winds, Franz-Josef Rehrl of Austria recorded a superb leap of 130.6 metres to take a shock lead ahead of the cross-country skiing.
Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won a second successive Olympic doubles luge gold for Germany at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday.
Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria took the silver ahead of Germany's bronze-winning pair Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken.

With seven gold, two silver and three bronze, Germnay have one more medal than Netherlands in total, but outnumber them 7-5 in gold medals on Day 5.

Art and Wendl were joined by compatriots and reigning world champions Sascha Benecken and Toni Eggert on the podium, just as they had been at Sochi 2014.

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